Until 5 October the exhibit Strange Weather. Forecasts from the Future can be seen at Science Gallery of Dublin, which show is curated by Catherine Kramer and Zack Denfeld (award-winning artists from VIDA 15.0 for their project The Center for Genomic Gastronomy) together with Gerald Fleming, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, and Lynn Scarff, Director of Science Gallery. The expo highlights the different ways that we experience the climate: in an everyday and personal manner when we’re dealing with the weather in our city or region, and in a way that is loaded with helplessness and feelings of guilt when dealing with climate change. According to the curators: “This exhibition is an opportunity to connect the weather that we experience individually with the larger, global history of climate change.”
The conflict between our habits and the transformation of the global climate causes us to ask ourselves whether we should adapt to the climate or try to adapt the climate to our needs. Various artists, scientists and designers respond to these questions in different manners, sometimes playfully, and other times provoking reflection that does not bring smiles to our faces. A heterogeneous selection of pieces, videos and items explores the relationship between human beings and the climate. A documentary created by Walt Disney in 1959 on the use of satellites to control the weather, a series of computer-designed plants for tolerating extreme climates, and an interactive installation that allows us to touch clouds are some of the pieces that can be seen at Science Gallery, in addition to the work of artists Karolina Sobecka and Matt Kenyon, winners of VIDA 12.0.
Strange Weather reminds us that the weather is something more than a topic of conversation held in an elevator; it is a topic that affects our lives and those of future generations. As Gerald Fleming states: “For all of our regulated and insulated lives, understanding and appreciating weather and climate has never been more important for humankind than it is today.”